Bent of the River is an historic and beautiful 700 acre sanctuary located in western CT just of I-84. Managed by Audubon since 1993, the Bent of the River’s mission is to: Conserve birds, other wildlife and their habitats by engaging the community and inspiring lifelong appreciation of nature.

The Bent of the River was a gift of Howard and Althea Clark to be kept in its historic state while allowing use for educational, scientific and conservation purposes. At the Bent you can enjoy a quiet walk along the Pomperaug River or through our meadows and enjoy a landscape that is fast disappearing in Connecticut.

Our maintained shrub and grasslands support species that are in decline in New England such as the Prairie and Blue-winged warbler, Indigo bunting and Field sparrow. Our woodlands and interior forest support Wood thrush and Ovenbirds among many others.

In addition to a visit, if you live nearby we would love to have your help as a volunteer whether it be as a member of our Invasive Plant Strike Force or an assistant to our educational programs. We have something for everyone to do!

Center or Sanctuary
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488
POINT (-73.2584824 41.4725848)